It’s that time of year again where road salt is being widely used across the Island. Although road salt does a wonderful job of preventing accidents on the roads, and slips and falls around the home, it can also have adverse impacts on the environment. TREC and The Wheatley River Improvement Group would like to raise awareness of the impacts of road salt on Prince Edward Island watersheds, in hopes of spurring meaningful change, and a shift in de-icing practices. Read the full report here
Learning from Fiona
TREC and Stanley Bridge Women’s Institute recently held an evening of presentations on coastal erosion and sea level rise, and what is being done to manage the damage. See the presentations here
Bat Week – Oct 24th to 31st
Here at TREC we love bats, and we want to hear why you and your kids love them too! This week is Bat Week, and to celebrate we want to see your beautiful complete colouring sheets, hear what you like about bats, and one thing bats do for the environment.
There are three colouring sheets to choose from, you can download the full sized colouring sheets below and colour away!
Send a picture of your finished colouring sheet and answered questions to us on Facebook or email the picture to by October 30th to have your drawing and answers featured on our social media on Halloween day!
Multiple submissions are welcome, we look forward to hearing your answers and seeing your finished colouring sheets. Stay tuned for some informational posts on bats this week as we celebrate Bat Week.
TREC walking trails are being cleared
The trails in the Devil’s Punchbowl are now partly open, following Hurricane Fiona. After a day of help from the PEI Watershed Alliance, some help from three former employees, and a Saturday working with eleven volunteers, we have the parking lot and the Riverbend trail open and part of the other trails too. Please exercise caution, and don’t try to go beyond the areas that we have cleared. Trout River Park is open, but the ends of the trail have some leaning trees so please avoid those areas until we have them cleared. We are planning another volunteer cleanup day, so do contact us if you are able to help. A huge thank you to the volunteers who have helped out so far!
Trout River Park Trail completed
Over the past two years, we have been restoring the trail through the Trout River Park to Gunn’s Bridge. With material and funds from the Department of Transportation, we have been able to rebuild the lower end of the trail, as seen in the photo. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped out, the workers we borrowed from Kensington North Watersheds Association, and our own crew who worked on one of the hottest days of the year to get this finished.
Pruning and Shrub Identification Workshop
On Wednesday July 20th, at 6:30pm, TREC is hosting Gary Schneider for a Pruning and Shrub Identification Workshop at the Devil’s Punchbowl. There are limited places, so if you would like to attend then please send us a message and let us know your name and phone number.
Gary is an expert on pruning trees and shrubs, and will provide a demonstration of the correct techniques. We will also be touring our Native Plant Garden, and wandering around the trails looking for native shrubs. It should be a fascinating evening!
Our annual Tree Drive will be taking place on Friday 8th from 2pm to 6pm, and Saturday 9th from 9am to 1pm, at our office – 575 Taylor Road.
Do drop in and meet the crew, take home some trees or shrubs to plant, see a display of our work, and ask us any questions you have about bats, trees, invasive species, or any other wildlife question. Looking forward to seeing you!
Our next event
Our third annual Tree Drive will be held on July 8th and 9th. More details to follow.
Thanks to everyone who came to Riverbank Heritage Day, we were pleased to see so many first-time kayakers on the water for our guided river tours. Thanks to all our exhibitors and speakers who made it such an interesting afternoon.
TREC would like to invite you to attend Riverbank Heritage Day, celebrating Canadian Rivers Day. The event will be held June 12th, from 12pm to 6pm, outside of Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge.
NEW: CLAY MOULD MASK-MAKING! Discover how to sculpt beautiful shapes out of river clay and take home your very own mask. Sharing their extensive knowledge in puppetry and scenography, River Clyde Pageant artists will be leading participants through a time-honoured crafting technique that is used by puppeteers around the world. Registration is required. Ages 8 and up.
CLAY MOULD MASK-MAKING, 12pm – 1pm:
Discover how to sculpt beautiful shapes out of river clay and take home your very own mask. Sharing their extensive knowledge in puppetry and scenography, River Clyde Pageant artists will be leading participants through a time-honoured crafting technique that is used by puppeteers around the world.
Registration is required. Ages 8 and up.
SONG SHARE, 1pm-1:30pm:
Share your voice with us and learn some new melodies in an informal, open song circle. Open to all experience levels. No registration required.
Riverbank Heritage Day is a celebration of the cultural and ecological significance of rivers on PEI, highlighting education, conservation and restoration, history, arts inspired by rivers and watercourses, recreation, and local food.
The event is free or by donation, with all proceeds going to event organization, and watershed groups on the Island.
TREC would like to thank Innovation PEI for funding this event, as well as Carr’s Oyster Bar for hosting!
Riverbank Heritage Day
Riverbank Heritage Day – celebrating Canadian Rivers Day in Stanley Bridge
Riverbank Heritage Day is a celebration of the cultural and ecological significance of rivers on PEI, highlighting education, conservation and restoration, history of rivers on PEI, arts inspired by rivers and watercourses and local food.
The event will include environmental groups as exhibitors and presenters with a focus on education surrounding rivers. Visual and performing arts inspired by rivers and watercourses such as crafters, performers, music, as well as story tellers who wish to tell stories of PEI rivers. We will also be holding kayak tours of Stanley River.
The event is on Sunday June 12th from noon to 6pm, at Carr’s Oyster Bar, 32 Campbellton Road, which is just by Stanley Bridge Marina on Route 6.
The event will be free or by donation, with all proceeds going to event organization, and watershed groups on the Island.